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Michael Bialas
After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

Entries by Michael Bialas

Taking the High Road, Heather Maloney Keeps Making All the Right Turns

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:41 PM

The name of Heather Maloney's alluring 2015 album is Making Me Break, but it just as easily could have been titled Making Me Breakthrough.

Comfortably enjoying the ride while staying in cruise control, the contemplative singer-songwriter based in Northampton, Mass., got a career jump-start in 2012 when she...

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After Finding Beauty and the Beatles, Pattie Boyd Seeks Picture Perfection

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:30 AM

She was a vision of loveliness who attracted the eye of some of the best photographers in the world -- not to mention the fancy of two of rock 'n' roll's most iconic guitar heroes.

Today, though, Pattie Boyd feels most comfortable on the other side of camera....

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Premiering New Video, Amy and the Engine Want You to Join the 'A' Team

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 1:02 AM

Give Amy Allen a capital "A" for effort while the singer-songwriter also makes an upper case for herself in the Ambition Department.

Backed by the group she started forming in February 2014, Allen is revving up for a promising music career with Amy & the Engine.


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Give a Rocky Mountain High-25 to Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell: Who Else Made the List?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:58 AM

With 19 featured acts representing four foreign countries and American artists who grew up in states from Massachusetts to Alaska, the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival covered the gamut in many ways during three days of genre-bending music in August. If you want to see everyone in this jam-packed...

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Video Premiere: Honeyhoney So Drop-Dead Gorgeous in 'You and I'

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 3:04 AM

Three years after revealing how darkly decadent they can be, Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo are revisiting the "Angel of Death" again.

After getting pretty morbid for that song and the accompanying killer video of 2012, the roots-rocking, sexy/savvy duo known as honeyhoney return for another audacious dance...

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Expect the Family Crest to Hit Some Rocky Mountain High Notes

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:37 AM

There once was this California dreamer who grew up singing jazz but admired Freddie Mercury, went to college to study opera voice and eventually became leader of a grand band with an extended family of 400 or so members that produces some of the most innovative and intoxicating orchestral rock-pop...

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Returning to Colorado, Vikki Thorn of the Waifs Has Festival Fever

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 3:35 AM

Singer-songwriter Vikki Thorn of the Waifs, the Australian folk rockers who were profiled on Aug. 7 in the first part of a series previewing the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, loves these musical feasts so much that she would attend even her group...

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During the Long, Hot Summer, Jason Isbell Warms Up to Become One Glad Dad

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 2:54 PM

If an All-Americana team of today's musicians is ever selected, Jason Isbell would have to be its Most Valuable Player.

Others may have put Americana on the map, but this Thank God, I'm a Country Boy has extended those borders after the album arrivals of Southeastern in...

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The Waifs Take a Beautiful U-turn: Hear the Whole Album

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:51 AM

Band relationships involving siblings can often be complicated and challenging, and the Waifs certainly have experienced their share of family futile moments.

The enduring and entertaining Australian folk rockers, scheduled to perform at the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival on Aug. 16 in Lyons, Colorado, include...

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Through the Eyes of the HillBenders, the Who's Tommy Sees the Light Again

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 2:59 AM

People occasionally approach me and wonder, "Who gave the best live rock performance you've ever seen?"

The easy answer: "Exactly!"

That could develop into an Abbott and Costello routine but the simple truth is: To this day, nothing has matched the power and the glory of the Who on...

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Watch Fairground Saints Go Marching Into Heavenly Territory

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:12 AM

Mathematicians quick to point out that "three into one won't go" might want to think twice. After all, there are the Holy Trinity, the Three Musketeers and -- now presenting -- Fairground Saints.

This Los Angeles-based trio of gifted singer-songwriters with an aggregate age -- 68-- that's less...

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Sierra Hull Grows Up Strong, Takes a Step Beyond Bluegrass

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 6:43 PM

Nashville singer-songwriter Sierra Hull, one of the opening performers at the 43rd RockyGrass Festival this weekend, has impressed audiences with her mandolin playing since performing for her third-grade class in Byrdstown, Tennessee.

Coming up through the bluegrass ranks, she's making the leap in more ways than...

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Sneak 'Peak' From Heather Nova: Listen Now to 'Girl on the Mountain'

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:56 PM

There's something magically mysterious about Heather Nova and her measured musical climb.

Her poetic phrases, vivid images and moving melodies transport you to another world in another era, and the lovely sounds of her voice backed by the musicians' tasteful accompaniment make it seem like everything's going to...

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Cold War Kids Video Premiere: Learning to Take It 'One Song at a Time'

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Possessing all the tools, he's just like every football coach's wet dream.

Always giving it his 110 percent, this inspirational leader is in total control, whether it involves making the most of home-field advantage or stepping up during crunch time on the road.

Only you won't find Nathan...

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With High Roller (and Song Premiere), Sugar and the Hi-Lows Sweeten the Pot

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 3:30 AM

Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup just might be the nicest flesh-and-blood examples of superheroes trapped inside the meek, mild personas of everyday, working-class heroes. If this were the early '60s, they would have secret identities while sitting in accompanying cubicles, typing feverishly, hitting it off famously and creating...

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Personal Besties: A Double Dose of Honeyhoney

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 1:19 AM

A week before the June 9 release of honeyhoney's third full-length album -- a winning number appropriately titled 3 -- the hot-blooded duo was 75 minutes into its biggest headlining date in Denver when lead singer Suzanne Santo let loose:

I am yours to bear You're mine...
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Looking Back at the Hangout Heroes: San Fermin, Take a Bow

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Two weeks ago, the 2015 Hangout music festival officially began on the beach along the Alabama Gulf Coast, a setting that artists and fans alike agree is one of the most beautiful for an event of this magnitude.

With more than 70 acts, six stages and all sorts...

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One SHEL of a Story: 4 Fab Females Show Off Their New 'Baby'

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Homeschooled first by their mother while dad made a living as a musician, the Holbrooks were just normal kids who happened to share common interests in famous fab foursomes like the Beatles and the Marx Brothers.

Considering they ranged in age from 4 to 10 in the late 1990s,...

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Going Out With a Head Bang: 10 More Foo Fighters Songs for Letterman

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:58 PM

At first glance, Dave Grohl and Dave Letterman have little in common other than sharing the same first name.

While Letterman grew up in Indiana and was married for the first time in 1969, the same year Grohl was born in Ohio, the two eventually became power players...

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Hangout Snapshot, Day 3: Firekid Is a Hot Prospect Getting Closer to the Fame

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:30 PM

Growing up in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area, it didn't take long for Dillon Hodges to pick up a guitar and make it his lifelong obsession.

He started playing when he was 11 years old, and by the age of 17 as a senior at Florence High School, he was...

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